(2008 Vintage) Open fruit, rich, lush and layered, serving up a complex mix of plum, blackberry, black licorice and spices. Full-bodied and supple-textured, ending with a long, persistent finish that keeps repeating the core flavor themes.
Wine SpectatorRating: 93/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 01/01/05.
International Wine CellarRating: 89/100 - As reviewed by International Wine Cellar in Issue 93, November/December 2000. Saturated ruby-red. Highly nuanced, floral aromas of red berries, baking spices, leather and smoky, roasted oak. Sweet and attractive in the mouth, with supple red berry and spicy oak flavors supported by lively acids. Finishes fairly tannic and quite spicy; turned dry with aeration and rather overwhelmingly oaky.
Wine SpectatorRating: 92/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 08/31/98.